Our kitchen has been undergoing alot of character building lately. What was an outdated, blank-slate kitchen with no built-ins or "character nooks", is now becoming a more customized and functional space. You can remind yourself how our kitchen started here and here and here.
The mini-cabinets everyone has over the refrigerator were never used for much in our house.
I decided to create a built-in wine rack to utilize and showcase the space, like this picture shows.
I loved the look of the X cube wine racks, like this one from Pottery Barn.
I considered buying a ready-made wine rack with the correct dimensions and placing it inside.
I couldn't let myself do that. It's too easy.
I couldn't even buy wood for the slats at Lowes or Home Depot. So this is what I did...
I first removed the doors, then the random assortment of screws, pictures, magnets, and a wedding invitation I had misplaced before rsvp-ing...oops.
I sawed off the center vertical piece of wood then painted the inside to match the cabinets.
I found 2 wood crates at Jo Anns ($12 each) that when placed side by side were the perfect length to fill the cabinet.
I painted both crates the same color.
I bought 2 pieces of scrap shelving from ReStore for $2 each and cut my pieces to create the "X" slats to separate.
For each crate, I needed one 19.5"x9.25" piece.
And two 9.25"x9.25" square pieces.
I placed the 3 wood pieces inside to insure that they fit, then used mending plates to connect the 2 smaller pieces.
I screwed the mending plate into the front facing side, bracing the two small pieces together like a bridge over the long piece.
Then, I slid it out...
and flipped those pieces so that the mending plate was now at the back of the crate.
I placed the large piece in between, and installed the second mending plate on the front facing side. This way, the 2 separate pieces were connected at the front and the back.
I painted everything and waited so impatiently for it to dry.
I ended up needing to saw about 1/8th of an inch from the inside edge of the open cabinet to have just enough room to slide the crates inside. It just took a minute.
And with that, it was done!
I propped my wine painting from my old apartment on a brick over the cabinet, with a wine bottle, wine jug, and wine glass.
Now I most certainly need more than 6 bottles of wine.
I will need to buy some more.
Two, $12 crates + $4 in scrap shelving + paint and mending plates on hand = $28 wine rack.
But having the wine so accessible at my fingertips...